NASA successfully demonstrated July 2 the Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system can outrun a speeding rocket and pull astronauts to safety in an emergency during launch. The test is another milestone in the agency’s preparation for Artemis missions to the Moon, which that will lead to astronaut missions to Mars. During the approximately three-minute test, called Ascent Abort-2, a test version of the Orion crew module launched at 7 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a modified Peacekeeper missile procured through the U.S. Air Force and built by Northrop Grumman. The Applied Composites team had two critical subassemblies as part of the test – the Fillet and the Ogive external fairings.
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